# The DRIP model of light

Date: Mon, 16 Dec 1996 00:48:42 GMT
From: rtomes@kcbbs.gen.nz (Ray Tomes)
Organization: KC Computer Services
Newsgroups: alt.sci.physics.new-theories, sci.physics
Subject: The DRIP model of light

An analogy to photon behaviour which removes the mystery from QM.

Imagine a tap dripping into a full bucket of water so that waves form and cause drips to fall over the side. Here are some of the salient points about the wave and particle behaviour of the system. [Comparison to QM noted]

Infalling drips [emitted photons] cause waves to travel [wavefunction or e/m field] and result in outfalling drips [absorbed photons] which are discrete events that are causally related ["collapse" of wavefunction] to the emissions.

This model is only 2D compared to a real 3D world and the vertical dimension has no significance (except that it affects the energy of the emitted wave).

• 1. Over any long period of time the number of drips falling in and out are the same because the bucket remains equally full. [Conservation of energy]

• 2. Each drip that falls out is due to sufficient energy arriving at one time at one point on the edge. Part of this energy is from an infalling drip that made a wave travel between the two events. [At the speed of light]

• 3. In addition to the direct wave arriving at an outfalling drip there is a background of ripples left over from previous waves that bounced off the edges. This energy will have some characteristic distribution by frequency. [Zero Point Energy]

• 4. If inward drips are stopped the background energy very soon reaches a level which is not quite sufficient to cause additional drips out. [Zero Point Field]

• 5. Any one infalling drip [emitted photon] may result in 0, 1, 2 or more outfalling drips [absorbed photons] but must average exactly 1 and as each drip falling out is an independent event [there is no "collapse" of the wavefunction] the number of outfalling drips related to 1 infalling drip is a poisson distribution of mean 1.

• 6. Each drip that falls out has taken energy from waves locally but does not affect other locations except by the propagation of this energy removal which happens at the wave propagation speed. [No non local effects]

• 7. Any location at which a drip falls out must have had sufficient energy arriving by convergence at exactly that place and time. [Back action]

• 8. Although each outfalling drip can normally be traced to a particular infalling drip as a cause, only a small part of the energy actually comes from that other drip which really acts a the final straw in adding to the background energy which was just below the outfalling drip threshold.

• 9. Therefore most of the energy and momentum of the outfalling drip did not come from the infalling drip but will be related by the fact of nearly common frequency. [Uncertainty principle]

• 10. An exception to this will apply when the source and observation are sufficiently close in relation to the wavelength of the particular wave. In that case the uncertainty will be reduced. [Casimer effect???]

• 11. There is no sense in which the outfalling drip *IS* the "same" drip that fell in even though there may be a causal connection between them. Each outfalling is also related to many other infalling drips waves which have been multiply reflected. [No "photon" identity]

• 12. Although all drips in and out are of discrete amounts of energy [particle behaviour] there is no such thing as a travelling drip [photon in flight], only the wave nature of the surface [wave behaviour] which is continuous in its behaviour. [Maxwell's equations]

-- Ray Tomes -- rtomes@kcbbs.gen.nz -- Harmonics Theory --
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